Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories


Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
92 Pages
Reviewed on 05/29/2021
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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite

In Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories, written by D.L. Finn, on a camping trip with his parents, the narrator, Daniel Burns, follows what he thinks is his sleepwalking nine-year-old sister, Colette, into the woods, only to find that she believes she has been called by the fairies. Much to his surprise, they then encounter one called Sequiella, who declares that her fairy clan has been living in the forest and communicating with its trees for thousands of years. She informs him that he must help his mother, who is an author, write a story about them, which will save many forests across the world. Sequiella also wants to encourage them to urge their parents to buy land there, or else the forest will be destroyed. The point of view then switches to the adult Daniel, who keeps his children regaled with stories of his and Colette’s encounters with the fairies, then taking his family back to meet them, and to listen to what they have to say.

D.L. Finn’s Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories is primarily intended as a children’s fantasy for middle graders, but could be read and appreciated by older children and adults, too, as the author wishes all adults to “embrace their inner child.” Her love for the natural environment is obvious throughout the book, with her finding such environs inspiring and compelling. Anyone who loves the outdoors should readily find affinity with Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories, even if they are not usually prone to indulge themselves (and others) in fantasy reading. The essential message is clear―mankind’s well-being as a whole is clearly tied in with an appreciation of nature and other forms of life (fairy or otherwise!). D.L. Finn has written a pantheon of books, including the Evildwel/Angel Series, Companion Evildwel/Angel Stories, two volumes of poetry, and numerous other children’s works, all of which are well worth reading.

Edith Wairimu

Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories by D.L. Finn contains three intriguing fantasy stories about fairies and how their world intercepts with that of humans. Unlike other vivacious members of his family, Daniel Burns prefers to retreat by himself and spend time reading and listening to music. It is 1969 and the family is camping in the Redwood Forest. Later, as the family is sleeping, Danny wakes up suddenly to find his sister gone. The duo discovers a fascinating world they never knew existed. The second story, set in 2004, explores toxic waste dumping and its consequences. In another part of the story, disputes arise as tree fairies meet city fairies. In the third story, the forest faces extinction and the fairies must work together with humans to conserve it and the rest of nature.

The magical world and the forest are described in colorful detail, creating vibrant images of the forest and its inhabitants in Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories by D.L. Finn. Talking trees, slow-aging fairies with their own world, the anticipation of a world-changing event that will bring two contrasting worlds together are other exciting features included in the stories. The stories all explore the need for environmental conservation and the devastating effects of environmental degradation in a way that is accessible to young readers. The stories also share similar characters which help create cohesiveness between them. They also contain exciting scenes set in different timelines. The scenes include Danny’s search for his sister in the beginning and a scene that includes poachers. Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories by D.L. Finn is a fun and thrilling children’s fantasy work with important lessons.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Danny and his sister, Colette, are on a camping trip with their parents. The redwood forest is full of interesting things to see and learn about. Colette is particularly excited because she can’t wait for the campfire supper followed by toasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Danny, however, just wants some alone time to read. But, when things start to turn strange and fairies visit both Danny and Colette, he realizes that he is being sent on a mission to save the forest from demolition. He can’t let a greedy man plunder nature’s wonders and the fairies who have lived in the forest for centuries, guarding all who live there. This book is both real and magical and a whole lot of eco-adventures.

D.L. Finn’s early chapter book, Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories, is a magical adventure as two young people and their parents are set to save the redwood forest from destruction. The plot begins with a simple family camping holiday and, when the children first meet the fairies, it transforms into a little bit of magic and fantasy as the reality of human greed and development threatens all that is dear in the natural world. The plot follows the family’s adventures in the forest, their fight to save it, as well as the fairies’ stories and their ongoing responsibility to protect their natural habitat. All the characters are well developed and the fairies’ characters are both loveable and, sometimes, humorous. The setting and situations are well portrayed and the reader will instantly feel like they are part of the story. Beautifully told and a great way to teach young readers the importance of respecting the natural world around us.